Certificte in Ethics in Scientific Research

Course description

Conducting research is an enthralling but challenging activity that involves very different ethical issues, such as bias, fraud, plagiarism, conflicts of interest, falsification of research results, informed consent, attribution of authorship and adequacy of peer review publication processes. Through a combination of theory and practice during this course, students will critically analyze research ethics topics and case studies and learn how to manage and evaluate a research project, all the way from design to publication, from an ethical standpoint. By understanding and critically debating research ethics-specific issues, students will integrate the importance of scientific integrity while acquiring key reasoning skills that will significantly increase the scientific quality and impact of their future research.

Target group

The course will benefit a diverse range of learners including Masters and Ph.D. students as well as early-career researchers and more senior colleagues with some experience.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, participants should: -

  • be able to describe and apply theories and methods in ethics and research ethics
  • be able to acquire an overview of important issues in research ethics, like responsibility for research, ethical vetting, and scientific misconduct.
  • Be able to present arguments and results of ethical inquiries.

Course content

  • Fundamentals of Ethics and Bioethics
  • Research Ethics (Paradigm Research Ethics cases) background
  • How to handle data. 
  • Good research practice, research integrity, and Scientific Misconduct
  • Responsibility for the results of research
  • Ethical vetting of research
  • Conflicts of interest and Publishing biases
  • Ethical Planning and Conduction of a Research Project

Training methods

This course will be available on face-to-face and Online. It will encompass specific facilitator inputs (e.g. lecture presentations), combined with a variety of interactive learning activities, including structured group work, demonstrations, group and individual reflection, role plays, self-study and writing, and plenary discussions

Mode of assessment

The course will be assessed using pre and post-tests, continuous progressive tests, presentations, and group discussions


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued with a certificate from Uganda Christian University.

Training venue

The training will be conducted at UCU School of Medicine campus Mengo or any other venue communicated in advance.


To register for the course, download a copy of the application form here or pick one from our administrative office at UCU School of Medicine Mengo near Namirembe Cathedral. Application forms cost a non-refundable fee of UGX 30,000 


A training fee of UGX 350,000 will be charged for the course. This covers tuition fees, learning materials, and training venue. Payment should be sent to our bank account before the start of training and proof of payment sent to ucusom@admin.ucu.ac.ug NOTE: Foreign currencies will be converted using prevailing forex rates.   

Visit https://ucu.ac.ug/payments for a variety of payment options. The Administrator shall avail an Access Code to Distance Learners upon presentation of proof of payment.


Training Schedule

The course will be available: -

Study options



Study time

Week days (Day)

Monday – Friday

For 2 weeks

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Week days (Evening)

Tuesdays & Thursdays

For 1 month

5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Weekends (Day)

Fridays & Saturdays

For 1 ½ months  

9:00 am – 4:00 pm


At convenience

Course must be completed within 3 months from the time of registration  

Course Intakes

The course will be available during the specified times below

Intakes for Face-to-face

Starts on

Easter Intake

February 11th, 2020

Trinity Intake

June 8th, 2020

Advent Intake

September 28th, 2020

The Online platform is accessible throughout the year


Organizational Training

This can also be offered as a tailor-made course to meet organization-wide needs. To find out more contact us on: ucusom@admin.ucu.ac.ug OR +256 794770215 / +256 775264136 / +703737065


How to Apply

You can download an application form here (You will have to pay for it on submission) OR obtained one at a non refundable application fee at any of our Campuses Country-wide.
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Our Academic Programmes

Uganda Christian University offers a number of Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes which are designed to develop a cadre of professionals with integrity.
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